5 Unknown But Powerful Features of WordPress

WordPress is probably your favorite and most loved CMS that you have been using for site management for a long time. But you might still be unaware of some of the powerful features it has. Here are some undiscovered features that you can use to maximize the benefits of using WordPress sites and blogs.

1. Featured Image

‘Featured images’ were included from the WordPress version 2.9 onwards, so many old timers are still unaware of its existence. This convenient option lets you improve the visual presence of your site by automating the process of adding thumbnails or images. All kinds of cropping and resizing of images are done automatically. Thus you can save time by using this feature.

It lets you add a thumbnail for every single post and also provides a good control over how your images are displayed in social media.

2. Scheduled posts

Bloggers have the bad habit of either binge working or taking a long break from writing articles. In most of the situations they don’t find enough time to write regularly. But postings must be done regularly to keep your site active. If you are someone facing such a problem, the scheduled posts feature from WordPress can help you.

Many bloggers either ignore this feature, or just don’t even know that it exists Manual publishing of drafts at a regular interval may seem like a good plan but is rarely executed properly. To avoid uncertainties and missed schedules on blog posting, it is better to use this feature which lets you schedule a post for publishing it later. This can be done by selecting the time and date of publishing.

3. Configuring secret keys

There are three secret keys available from WordPress 2.6 onwards that protects your login sessions from hackers and malicious users. They are AUTH_KEY, SECURE_KEY and a LOGGED_IN_ KEY. You need to configure these three keys using the ‘wp-config.php file’ by changing the unique phrase associated with the three keys. This will give an extra protection to your site.

4. Sticky posts

‘Sticky posts feature’ lets you promote your most popular posts that drive a lot of traffic to your site. This will let you maximize the returns from an already profitable blog. To use this feature you need to change the visibility option on your post’s Publish section. Check the ‘Stick this post to the front page’ option and the post that you want to promote will be displayed on the front page.

5. Turn off post revision

Maintaining multiple versions of your post may get expensive in terms of space. While revisions can come in handy for special purposes, storing all versions will only eat up your database space. To deal with this problem, WordPress lets you limit the number of ‘posts revisions’ that you want to keep. To make this feature come into effect, you need to make a change to the wp-config.php file. Just change the number next to the ‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’ to the desired number of revisions that you want to keep. To completely turn off storing revisions, you can just change the value to a Boolean false.

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How to Set Up a Free WordPress Blog Quickly

I’ve had a ton of people ask me lately how to get started marketing online, and more importantly how to get up their first website and start making money in the fastest time possible.

Most of you guys know, I am not a big techie person. And I always tell people that the best way to get started marketing online is by setting up a free WordPress blog. You can set up and update your blog with a few easy clicks!

Even if you don’t know anything about HTML or setting up a web page (I still don’t know HTML!), let me show you a real easy way to get a web page set up in minutes-literally!

Here’s what I did–first, I set up a blog. It was really easy setting up the WordPress blog.

I just went into my cpanel within my Host Gator web hosting account, and I clicked the Fantastico button, and my WordPress blog was set up automatically.

Boom-instant website! How’s that for easy?

Now the thing about WP blogs is that WordPress sets up the shell, but then you can customize it and make it look however you want.

You do this by installing themes and plugins. There are millions of free themes to choose from, and more plug-ins than you can ever hope to use. I’ll list the plug-ins that I am using so that you don’t have to go searching endlessly for the right ones.

I found a free theme for my WordPress blog within WordPress; I downloaded it, and then uploaded it with my FTP software. I then went to get some plug-ins for my WordPress blog (and you can search for these various plug-ins from within WordPress).

The plug-ins that I decided to use and that I recommend, are the following:

  • All in One SEO Pack
  • Add to Any: Share/Save/Bookmark Button
  • Cookies for Comments
  • WordPress.com Stats
  • WP-EMail
  • Enforce www. Preference
  • AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Ultimate Google Analytics
  • WP Super Cache
  • WP-SpamFree
  • WP tags to Technorati
  • Replace WP-Version

There are a lot of these plug-in, and millions of free themes to choose from with WP. You can tweak your blog, and add widgets, and start adding content that is important to you-that is the best things about blogs! Blogs are so unique and personal-you can really make them reflect your personality and your business any way that you want.

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Edit Images in WordPress: No External Editor

Have you ever had to deal with a lot of images in your WordPress blog or site? You go through all the trouble of editing your images and upload it to your WordPress site, without noticing that it is a huge filesize? It has happened to me and it is annoying to say the least.

If your image does fit under the upload cap, and finally gets finished, it will still usually load slowly on your site if the file is huge. This creates a problem for you and your visitors, because it provides a bad user experience and makes things take forever. Not the best you could have, but you for sure don’t want to edit the image and reupload, then add it to your post again, right?

Well, there is a great solution already built right into WordPress for you that you can use and you won’t have to reupload at all.

There is a little known feature of WordPress, that you can resize your images inside WordPress without using an external photo editor. There are other editing features in WordPress as well. When you’re done the image will be the perfect size to put in a blog post.

You can always revert back to the original image if you need to, which is also built right into WordPress. This makes this very easy to do without having to load up Photoshop or Pixlr and reupload.

This makes it far easier to quickly get through a ton of photo resize edits on your own without having to do all that work again. I find it to be extremely handy to use the editor.

The photo editor was added in WordPress 3.1.3 and has been very useful ever since. Other things you can do with the photo editor include rotating a photo, flipping it left to right (which can be helpful to add a little flavor to your blog or site.

You can also crop your photo by simply selecting part of the image with a click and drag over the image. It works really well, and it seems like the WordPress team put a lot of thought into this feature. It is one of the things I probably use the most to get the media I need for my posts.

One thing to be aware of is that you can apply the edits you make to all thumbnails, or just the specific size you’re looking at, which can be a massive time saver.

If you haven’t tried out the photo editor in WordPress, I suggest you go into the Media tab in your admin and try it out on a photo you have in the library. You won’t be disappointed.

More info on this feature from WordPress.com here: Image Editing
Ryan Carter
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Best WordPress Anti Spam Plugins

Stop Spam

Stop Spam

This is “must have” WordPress anti-spam plugins. They’ll help you a lot. The one I like the most is the first one in the list.

Here we go:

1. Akismet
Akismet – a very popular plugin which comes by default with WordPress. To use it, you need to signup for a WordPress acount and get an API key for your website.

2. Cookies for Comments
Cookies for Comments – Sets a cookie that must exist for a comment to be allowed.

3. WP-SpamFree
WP-SpamFree – The WP-SpamFree plugin for WordPress seems to be much better than Akismet at blocking spam bots.

4. Spam Karma 2
Spam Karma 2 – This one assigns a karma score based on multiple factors like the age of the post, the email, if there’s a link inside, etc, etc.

5. Bad Behavior
Bad Behavior – though mainly used as a comment spam protection plugin has reliable security features too.

6. Math Comment Spam Protection Plugin
Math Comment Spam Protection Plugin – This plugin does not require JavaScript or cookies. It uses a special encryption function; the result of the question is being passed via a hidden field. The result is being compared with the value entered by the visitor – after encrypring this value as well.

Well, I think this tools are enough to keep you away from spam comments. Test them and use the one(s) you like the most.

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Why You Should Be Using WordPress on Your Website

If you do not have a blog, then you should. With a blog you can encourage user interaction, start conversations, ask questions, post content, and much, much more. Also, search engines love blogs, and therefore blogs can rank more highly than similar websites. You have probably noticed that you come across many blogs during your searches, so you should know that I am not lying.

You may have noticed that I tend to love WordPress blogs. In fact, what you are looking at right now is a WordPress blog that I have put onto my website. You may have also noticed that I have created WordPress themes that you can use for free.

Why do I like WordPress so much? Well, here are a few of the reasons that I absolutely love WordPress blogs and why I think everyone should be using them:

1. Anyone Can Use It

Anyone can add a WordPress blog to their site either using Fantastico or through WordPress.org. This means that anyone can add a WordPress blog to their website, or make their website a WordPress blog. It is also free, which means you can have a great blog set up on your website in no time!

2. It is Search Engine Friendly

WordPress blogs are designed in a way that is friendly for search engines. This means that your blog will get indexed quickly and rank highly with little effort on your part. You can also get plugins that can enable you to really set up your posts and pages so that they easily rank in the search engines.

3. You Can Choose From Thousands of Themes

With WordPress you can choose from thousands upon thousands of themes so your blog will look like whatever you want it to. You can even get themes that look like normal websites, but still have all the benefits of a WordPress blog.

4. No HTML Required

If you have no knowledge of HTML, it doesn’t matter with Worpress. At times it can be helpful, but HTML is not needed to have a fully operable WordPress blog.

5. Thousands of Plugins & Widgets

Probably one of the best parts of WordPress is that you can use thousands of plugins and widgets so that you can automate many processes including SEO, and you can add many cool features such as polls, surveys, language translators, and basically anything you can think of to your blog!

These are just 5 of the reasons you should be using WordPress blogs. If you are not already using one, you should seriously look into it right away. WordPress is an amazing tool that if you aren’t using, you are missing out.

To Your Success,

Shawn Horwood

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WordPress SEO Tips

SEO Tips

SEO Tips

Here are some steps you should take to optimize your WordPress blog for search engines:

1. Change the Permalink Structure: By default, the Permalink structure in WordPress is very dirty, with url’s being shown as ?p=123 etc. You can easily change this by going to the permalinks tab of the WordPress settings, and using a custom structure like /%postname%/

2. Optimize your Meta Tags: Write unique title tags for every page, and also write meta description tags for every page. You can use the All in One SEO Pack to make your life easier.

3. Use only excerpts of your post on the home page, category page and tag pages. This should help you to avoid facing duplicate content issues

4. Use the Xml Sitemaps plugin to generate a sitemap. The plugins default settings are fine. Simply upload and activate the plugin and you’re fine. But one other thing I do is to submit the sitemap to Google.

5. Use Proper Internal Linking Structure: It is very important to maintain a good linking structure within your blog. It helps keep visitors on your blog and helps in improving search engine rankings. Here are some steps you can take to improve your internal linking structure:

6. Optimize your Images: some of the ways you can do this in are – Use keywords in the alt attribute. – Include keywords in the image names – Enter a description in the title tag. – Use the Seo Friendly Images Plugin

7. Ping Sites after publishing new posts. Go to the Writing Tab and scroll down to the update services box. Add a list of sites you want to ping when you publish new posts in the box. Use the MaxBlogPress Ping Optimizer Plugin

8. Make sure your code is valid. Use the W3C Validator to check the same.

9. Make sure that your blog title is an h1 on the home page and that your post titles are an h1 on the post pages.

10. Choose between www and non www version of your site and redirect one to the other. You can use the Redirection Plugin for this. Another plugin which you can use is the Enforce www. Preference. I redirect the non www to the www, but you can do whatever you want, it doesn’t really matter. Also, you might want to redirect the index.php version of your site to the homepage.

11. Lastly, use a related posts plugin, and use simple text based navigation. Also, optimize your anchor text when you link to other pages.

For A list of the best WordPress plugins, check out this post on Best WordPress Plugins (http://www.tjdzine.com/wordpress/70-best-wordpress-plugins/). Another post you might like is this roundup of the Best Web Layouts (http://www.tjdzine.com/web-design/15-best-photoshop-web-layout-design-tutorials/).

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Can I Learn WordPress in One Week?

You own a small Italian gourmet store and are passionate about Italian cooking. You have been advised to start a blog for a long time and now that you have decided to do so, you are a little concerned about the technical details of the whole process. You just want to share your cooking passion with others through the blog and hope to hear about new recipes as well. Not being technically inclined, you wonder if you would be at the mercy of some technical person every time you are in the mood to write up something on your blog. Well, with WordPress, you have the power to build a blog and manage it just the way you want.

Learning the Basics of WordPress

You can certainly learn the basics of WordPress in one week, maybe even less. To begin with, there are two ways in which you can use WordPress. You can install WordPress on your website through your web hosting service provider and customize it to suit your needs. This will give you more flexibility and control over the website, but you’ll need some basic technical skills in setting it up. The other simpler option is to use WordPress.com which provides you free blogging services. You can begin your blog in a matter of minutes. Being a free service, it does have its limitations but is quite enough if you are just starting out. It offers enough customization to give a professional look to your blog.

Note that there are two WordPress sites: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The .com site provides the free blogging service and the .org site provides the technical support, free themes and plugins for more advanced users.

To start your own blog, visit the WordPress.com website and click on the ‘Sign Up’ button. You will immediately be taken through several screens where you will have to fill in simple details like your email address, user name you desire and your password. You will of course be asked if you would like to start a blog and if so, you will be asked for the desired blog name. You may want the name ‘ItalianGourmet’ for your blog and being on WordPress, the complete address will be ‘italiangourmet.wordpress.com’. Your site will be a subdomain because it’s part of the WordPress.com site.

As you log into your new blog you will be taken to the user dashboard. From here you will be able to customize the blog by changing the design, adding useful features – called widgets – like an RSS feed, search tool, area for user comments and so on. You can decide what content goes where on your blog. If you have any problems, you just need to click on the ‘Support’ tab and you will be given access to online help and will also be directed to many user forums where similar issues are being discussed.

Once you have finished customizing the look of your blog and have added enough functionality to it, you are now ready to write your first blog. All you need to do is type your thoughts, give it a suitable title and click on ‘Publish’ for your first blog post to go live. You have learned the basics of how to use WordPress! It’s that easy to get started.

Though WordPress is better known as a blogging tool, it can also be used as a complete website management tool as well. Most hosting companies now include WordPress in their hosting packages. Although this does allow for greater freedom in designing and developing your website on the whole, it does require some technical expertise. A good option is to start off with a blog on WordPress.com and get comfortable using it before moving on to a hosted option.

Kurt R. Hansen

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Blogging on WordPress – A Delightful Experience

Blogging is an effective weapon using which you can communicate, interact, build credibility and community of readers thereby driving in remarkable web traffic to your website and opening multiple revenue streams.
Blogging, in addition, empowers you to hone your writing skills & pen down your thoughts convincingly on the World Wide Web and enables you to create a strong online presence.
Where to set up the blog?

Thanks to a blogging platform like WordPress! Now anyone can start writing a blog even without adequate knowledge of web designing or web hosting. Take a quick tour of the steps mentioned below that would help you get started with blogging instantly:

1) Create a free account on WordPress.com and give a name to your blog as per your choice. However, there are some important points to keep in mind while choosing a name for your blog:
– The name of the blog must be easy to remember.
– The name of the blog must work for you.
– The name of the blog must not be lengthy or complicated.

2) Once you’re done with filling in all the details & creating your account, you can log in and then you’d be directed to the dashboard.

3) Selecting a theme for your blog matching your blog message can be a mind-boggling task. However, WordPress gives you ample of options to choose from. Click on the “Appearance” section on the left hand bar, which would direct you to the themes page. You get to see the theme thumbnails and then choose a theme that you like the most. Activate the picked theme. Click on ‘View this Site’ and see how it appears.

4) Write a test post that would fetch you some firsthand experience about blogging on WordPress. You can
delete this post later on.

5) Add a Category under which you want your post to be published.

6) To add a new post to your blog, click on “Add New” button that is placed on the left-hand side menu bar.

7) Once you have finished the writing part, you’d like to enhance your write-up with some visually appealing images to add value to your post.

8) You can add images and hyperlinks (if any) in your write up.

9) Before publishing, do not forget to add the tags you want for your blog post. Tags can be the keywords that you have used in your post.

10) Place your post under the relevant category.

11) Once you have added the tags & category, click on the “Publish” button.

12) Now visit your website to see how your post appears on the Internet.

13) Also if you wish to customize your blog some more, you can:
– Remove the default post by clicking on the Edit button under “Posts” on the dashboard. Put your mouse on the post that you wish to delete and click on the “delete” button there.
– You can also edit the post similarly by clicking on the “edit” button there.
– You can edit the default “About Me” page that comes with WordPress blog. You can write down some about yourself, your career interest and other personal information such as likes, dislikes, hobbies etc.
– You can also adjust your widgets, which can be easily accessed via Appearance button. Remember to put the widget appropriately on your blog post.
– We hope that by now you must have gained a fair idea about blogging on WordPress. Get started with sharing your thoughts with the world in the company of your online friend-WordPress.

Mark is an online marketing consultant and has worked with renowned organizations and published authors for more than 5 years now. With stupendous professional business writing related to the topic Web Hosting, Domain name etc.. and a penchant for traveling around the world, Mark has got a lot to say.

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WordPress Login Security

WordPress remains a very secure and stable blogging platform, but there is more that can be done out of the box to help protect your private data. There are many simple steps that can be taken, even by the inexperienced blog owner and a multitude of plug-ins available that can help. Once thing to be particularly aware of is brute force attacks. Brute force login attempts are one of the more common, rather annoying and potentially dangerous types that can occur.

Brute force happens when an attacker targets the login screen for your blog and repeatedly attempts to guess the username and password to gain access. By default, WordPress allows you to type in incorrect usernames and passwords infinitely. Since there is nothing to stop the attacker, they can try for minutes or hours entering a dictionary list of names and simple passwords in the hope of just stumbling upon the correct one. Installing something as simple as the “Login Lockdown” plug-in can combat this.

The plug in works by limiting the number of attempts you can make to enter your username and password in a given timeframe (typically 3 tries in a 5 minute period). Once that limit is reached, the IP address of the potential attacker is blocked for up to an hour. This is usually enough to discourage the would be hacker and make them move on to a different target. There are many plug-ins that can do this, but we recommend the plugin is recommended for three reasons:

  1. Easy to set up
  2. Easy to administrate
  3. It just plain works!

Brian Yurick

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WordPress is No Longer Just For Blogging

Seems like a rash statement I know. But by the time you finish this article you will know six ways to use WordPress besides as a blog. Exactly why WordPress is more powerful than the majority of static websites. And why you should be using it too.

WordPress is well known as one of the best, if not the best, blog platforms around. What you may not know is that with minimal effort WordPress can be used in not just one or two other types of sites but at least six and probably ways besides Being used as a blogging platform. Don’t believe me here are six different ways you can use WordPress.

1. As a squeeze page to collect leads for your email list

2. As a review site allowing you to make affiliate sales

3. As a sales letter for your product that is search engine friendly

4. As a static looking site for any regular content site

5. As a membership site to help you generate residual income

6. As an affiliate site to promote your favorite affiliate programs

Those are the ways that you can use WordPress That brings up the question as to why you would want to use it for any of those things. There are 3 primary reasons.

1. The structure of a WordPress blog with just a couple of plugins is very appealing to the search engines.

2. Search engines tend to spider them faster because of the structure that is inherent in the software.

3. Add in the automated RSS feed and you have a perfectly set up spider friendly site quickly and easily.

Think how many more visitors you can get by having the search engines liking your site structure. Think your page just may rank a bit higher in Google, Yahoo and Bing? Will that generate more visitors to your site for whatever purpose you are using it? I sure think so what about you?

The other great thing about WordPress is the ease of installation and the vast number of plugins. You can add lots of functionality quickly and easily. There are literally thousands of plugins available to you.. The really nice part is most of them are free.

There are also a huge number of themes available to customize your blog to get the look you want to achieve. All of these things together mean that once you get comfortable with WordPress you just may put your webmaster out of a job. It is easy when you know how.

To discover exactly how to bend WordPress to your will spy on this programming nerd and watch exactly how he does it at http://WPNerds.com

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